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5,823 reads | 0 comments | 07/22/2010
Online Poll: Not Enough Emphasis On Biomechanics In Podiatric Education By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The emphasis on biomechanics in podiatric education has been the subject of debate recently due to potential changes in the CPME 320 residency requirements. In a recent Podiatry Today online poll, 65 percent of poll respondents said there is not enough focus on biomechanics in podiatric education. | Continue reading

8,444 reads | 0 comments | 06/22/2010
New Study Shows Efficacy Of Laser Therapy For Onychomycosis By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given the common prevalence of onychomycosis, the emergence of new laser devices to help treat this disease has been an intriguing development. A recently published study suggests that laser therapy may have a role in the treatment armamentarium for onychomycosis. | Continue reading

6,344 reads | 0 comments | 05/20/2010
How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Patients And Practice? Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor During the protracted battle over healthcare reform, there was no shortage of opinion on either side of the issue on whether the reform would help or hurt patients and doctors. Now that President Obama has signed the reform into law, how will it affect both podiatric patients and practices? | Continue reading

6,090 reads | 0 comments | 04/26/2010
Do Age And Weight Factor Into Success With Total Ankle Replacements? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor In recent years, surgeons have looked to total ankle replacements to abate pain caused by such conditions as ankle arthritis. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery examines which patient conditions may facilitate better range of motion (ROM) and function following ankle replacement. | Continue reading

6,274 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/2010
Can PRP Injections Relieve Pain From Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are among the treatment options for the commonly presenting problem of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. Although a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that PRP does not show a significant benefit for the condition, several DPMs have experienced promising results. | Continue reading

7,363 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2010
CPME May Extend Residency Requirement To Three Years By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) is proposing longer residency requirements for podiatrists to qualify for advanced certification. The council advocates lengthening the residency duration from two years to three, according to CPME 320 documents posted on | Continue reading

6,788 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/2010
Studies Suggest Possible Link Between CT Scans And Cancer By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In recent years, computed tomography (CT) has gained wider usage among podiatrists as a diagnostic tool. However, recently published studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine sound a warning about a potential link between CT scans and cancer.    In the first study, researchers estimated that about 29,000 future cancers could be related to CT scans performed in 2007. | Continue reading

5,587 reads | 0 comments | 12/30/2009
Study Predicts Dramatic Diabetes Increases By 2034 By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    A new study in Diabetes Care predicts the rate of diabetes will nearly double in the next 25 years and total healthcare spending for diabetes will nearly triple in the same period. | Continue reading

10,124 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2009
Is Barefoot Running Beneficial Or Detrimental? By Lauren Grant, Assistant Editor    With the emergence of new research and more footwear that simulates barefoot running, the debate seems to be intensifying in the podiatry community about the merits of barefoot running. | Continue reading

5,859 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2009
Study Examines Effect Of Smoking On Elective Foot Surgery By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Although studies have previously shown a link between smoking cigarettes and delayed bone healing, research has until now been scarce on the effects of smoking on elective foot surgery. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery finds that bone healing can take as much as 42 percent longer in patients who smoke. | Continue reading